We’re upgrading bike lanes on St Kilda Road to improve safety for all road users.

Overview

The Victorian Government is investing $27 million to build new bike lanes that physically separate drivers and cyclists to make St Kilda road safer for all road users.

Bike lanes will be upgraded between Linlithgow Avenue and St Kilda Junction and then a separate section between St Kilda Junction and the Carlisle Street intersection.

The project includes:

  • building a combination of central safety zone bike lanes and Copenhagen-style kerbside bike lanes
  • providing a separated lane for cyclists in the middle of St Kilda Road
  • reserving the outer lanes for vehicles and parking during off peak times. Clearways will be in place during peak periods to keep traffic moving
  • positioning the Copenhagen-style bike lanes closer to the kerb with a physical barrier separating cyclists from both parked cars and the road to reduce the risk of car-dooring.

The upgrade will be carried out in conjunction with the Metro Tunnel works to minimise disruptions and will be completed by the time the ANZAC precinct reopens in 2025.

Benefits

The upgraded bike lanes will improve safety for the 300,000 people who travel on St Kilda Road each day.

St Kilda Road is Victoria’s busiest tram route and one of Melbourne’s busiest cycle routes, as well as one of the most dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.

Over the last five years there have been 59 crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists resulting in 63 serious injuries. St Kilda Road also has the highest number of car-doorings reported anywhere in Victoria.

The safety improvements will provide greater active transport options while easing congestion and reducing conflict points between cyclists and drivers on one of Melbourne’s major thoroughfares.

The upgraded St Kilda Road and better bicycle infrastructure will build stronger connections between the inner southern suburbs and Melbourne’s major activity centres including the CBD, Chapel Street and Domain precincts.

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